Met Disney’s Aladdin a musical will premiere on Sunday in a full and large theater. The AFAS Circustheater, Scheveningen has two very unexpected protagonists: Jonathan Vroege (left) and Keoma Aiken (right). “Being the third tree from behind would have made me happy too.”
Metro spoke the two musical stars to be. That was the case a while back via a video link. The pair do look through the laptop, however, from the theater on the other coast. It is just as real.
The relaxed corona measures of the cabinet came for Stage Entertainment, producer of the world-famous title Aladdin, exactly on time. Or stricter measures if you like… Every visitor to the gala premiere must be able to show a corona admission ticket on Sunday, in whatever form (vaccination certificate, negative test, etc.). Then you have another option: A full Circus Theater with 1600 persons. This will be a big hit with celebrities and musical fans. At the premiere of The Sound of Music, recently in the same theatre, Nandi van Beurden and colleagues still had to make do with an empty hall. So also Diana & Zonen about Princess Diana, last weekend in DeLaMar in Amsterdam. Soldier of Orange is lucky again, if you can hardly speak of that after a year and a half. Next month will see the return of the most successful Dutch musical ever.
Aladdin is about romance, friendship and betrayal. There are many musicals that deal with this theme, but Disney’s is the most well-known. It was first released as an animated film in 1992. The musical has been performed at the New Amsterdam Theater, Broadway New York, since 2014. Aladdin was subsequently also performed in Japan, Germany and the West End in London. What’s the future? The AFAS Circus Theater, Scheveningen. Finally… find this way die hard musical fans. Actually we would Aladdin seen last fall. Corona, however, is a true hero.
Central to the story are the charming street thief Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, roles of the barely known in the Netherlands Jonathan Vroege and Keoma Aidhen. Spirit, the gentle chatter in the lamp, plays an important role. Here we see Stanley Burleson, an old hand in business. Poor Aladdin finds Princess Jasmine on the street, where normally he robs. She has been married, but she wants to find life outside of the palace walls. Aladdin saves her, even though things don’t turn out well. You’ve probably heard the famous tale about the couple falling in love. Aladdin then rubs at the lamp and receives three wishes from the genie. The street brat is unable to marry the royal lady and everything goes wrong. It would be difficult to do this without the lamp.
Jonathan Vroege (28), Dirksland (raised in Dirksland, now Amersfoort). It is Aladdin. He saw the AFAS Circustheater in Scheveningen as an understudy Simba from the inside The Lion King (and played that role some 150 times). He knows for over a year that he can play Aladdin. Corona is the answer. He is also part The Dutch Tenors.
You see a happy man sitting in a theater that you are familiar with.
“Absolutely happy that after a year and a half I could say that I can play Aladdin. The atmosphere is amazing, and it’s a relief to see the theater in red again. It’s like coming home, since I’ve been here for three years The Lion King have stood. It still feels exactly like the Circustheater, despite all of the renovations. I can go into the adventure with Keoma as a new Disney duo.”
You’ve seen Aladdin before, haven’t you?
“Yeah. And 2018 in Hollywood.”
What was your reaction when you walked out the door?